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December 27, 2001

Genetics and Heredity

Question from Springfield, Illinois, USA:

My six year old daughter has had type 1 diabetes for a year, and my eight month old son who is waiting test results for celiac disease. What are my three year old daughter's chances for inheriting an autoimmune disease?

Answer:

Although I’m not a geneticist, without further information, I would say somewhere between 6-10%.

KJR